Rondout Valley Education Foundation


enhancing education and offering opportunity
for the children of the Rondout Valley Central School District

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The RVEF meetings are open to the public and are scheduled for the first Thursday of each month at 7:00 PM in the Conference Room at RVCSD's District Office Building, 122 Kyserike Road, Accord, NY 12404.
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Our next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, April 19, 6:45-8:30 pm. 
The agenda continues the Strategic Planning session begun on April 12. This meeting is open to all persons interested in learning about, contributing to and continuing the Foundation's work to enhance educational opportunities for the students of the District.

You Are Invited!

The Rondout Valley Education Foundation is holding a strategic planning meeting on April 19th, 6:45-8:30 pm in Rondout Valley's district office building. For the last 12 years RVEF has sought to bring amazing opportunities and benefits to enhance the education of the children in our District. A couple of our recent grant awards include a grant to build First Grade classroom libraries at Kerhonkson Elementary School and a grant for all Seventh Graders to attend the premiere of the film Wonder after having read the book for their summer reading assignment. 

We know that there are people in the community with ideas, expertise and energy willing to build on and sustain the work that the Foundation has done on behalf of our children. Attending this meeting is a great opportunity to be involved in taking the Foundation forward in the next 10 years. We would welcome any and all to join us in the discussion.

Some of the questions we will raise are: 1. What are the opportunities or needs that we exist to address? (The purpose of the organization.) 2. What are we doing to address these needs? (The business of the organization.) 3. What principles or beliefs guide our work? (The values of the organization.) 4. What activities, projects do we want to fund? 5. How do we determine if we are successful? 6. Should we identify annual goals? 

We sincerely hope that you can attend as we value your thoughts and suggestions.




Commemorative Brick Walk

Come take a look! 66 bricks have been engraved so far...
Your brick order could be included in the next group!

Looking for a way to honor or remember a special staff member? Maybe you would like to commemorate a theater production, a championship, your time on a sports team or in band or chorus or a club,or a teacher or booster group that helped you along your way. This is your chance to etch that memory on a brick.
Consider getting a group together to combine resources to make that happen!

The brick walk is located around the base of the flag pole in the student commons area in front of the High School. For more information about the brick walk click the Commemorative Brick Walk link at left.


Foundation Grant Fund:
Current year grants: Foundation Grant applications for $500 or less can be applied for throughout the year two months prior to the date of need. Award determinations will be announced as soon as possible.
Plan ahead for larger grants: Foundation Grant applications over $500 and up to $2000 are accepted from September 1 through April 30 of the current school year for projects/programs planned for the following school year. Award determinations will be announced by the end of the current school year in June, and funding distributed as requested on the application.

The purpose of the Fund is to support grants to students, education providers and/or others that fulfill RVEF’s mission to enhance educational opportunities for the children of the Rondout Valley Central Schools in partnership with the larger community.

Donations made to this fund will be distributed through grants applied for by students, education providers and/or others* following the established grant protocol, application and report procedures for this fund. (Education providers and others must comply with District requirements for interaction with students.) Grant applications are reviewed by the Foundation’s Grant Committee.The committee then presents their recommendations to the Board of Directors for approval before awards are announced.

There is a $2000 limit for grants awarded through the Foundation Grant Fund.  Grants that are $500.00 or less can be applied for throughout the current school year and are due two months prior to the date of need. Applications for grants over$500.00 up to $2000.00 are accepted from February 1 through April 30 of the current school year for projects planned for the following school year. Grants awarded are announced prior to the end of the current school year in June, and funding will be distributed prior to the start of the school year in September or at a time mutually agreed upon between the recipient and the RVEF. Foundation Grant information is available by contacting the Foundation at 

            * If not a RVCSD employee, be prepared to give a brief presentation of your project/program to the RVEF Board of Directors.

It is in large part through the philanthropic support of alumni, friends and the larger community that the RVEF will be able to achieve its mission.


The Farm to School Fund:
This fund was established to foster a stronger and more tangible connection between the food children eat at school and local farms!
As with many of the funds that the Foundation manages, the idea for this fund came from someone in the community who saw a need that could be met through the cooperation of and collaboration with the whole community. Breanna Costello's idea for this fund is rooted in her dedication to the well being of children,especially those in this school district, and to the community that serves them. 
The purpose of this Fund is to nourish our children, support our farmers, and strengthen our community.100% of designated donations to this fund will be used to purchase food from Rondout Valley Growers for the Rondout Valley Central School District Food Service Program.
Click on the Funding link at left where you'll find the donation form for this or other funds managed by the RVEF.  Contributions to this fund are tax deductible under IRS 501(c)(3) rules.


The Rondout Valley Education Foundation is a 501(c) (3) Charitable organization incorporated in November of 2005 for the purpose of enhancing educational opportunities for current and future students of the Rondout Valley Central School District by way of gifts, grants and other financial assistance.

What we do:

  • We partner with school related groups to collect, manage and disburse funds for school related educational activities and projects
  • We offer grants. Students, teachers and education providers can apply for funding in the form of grants for educational purposes not covered by the regular school budget. We review grant requests, according to protocol, as they are received.
  • RVEF grants that have been awarded include:
    • Supplemental field trip funding
    • KES after school literacy project
    • Rhinebeck Performing Arts performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow for 7th & 8th grade students
    • Little Ones Library for a Nature Presentation,
    • Stone Ridge Nursery School for a listening Center,
    • Carol Brown's third grade classroom at Marbletown Elementary for a portable PA system,
    • Barbara Davenport's Seventh grade classroom at the Junior High School for a Diversity program.
    • The Intermediate School’s Fireboat John J. Harvey Museum Project
    • Science Research Grants for students in the program.
  • We accept tax deductible donations that can be designated to one or more of the specific educational program, project or group funds; or to the Foundation’s general operating fund.
  • We can apply for alternative funding through educational grant opportunities that are not available for public schools to apply for.
  • We collaborated with the Rondout Valley Business Association to develop the Leadership Institute at the High School.

 What the RVEF needs:

  • Active members to increase and diversify their Board of Directors.
  • The services of an experienced Executive Director.

Education Foundations can be very powerful tools for Districts as they strive to maintain a high standard of excellence for the education, well being and safety of their students.

Education Foundations have historically been an integral part of many successful colleges and universities. They fund programs and facilities that maintain their school's high standards. Within the current political and economic climate, public education is at a pivotal pointof survival and this same model is now being used nation-wide in support of public schools as well.     We are actively seeking community members who understand the benefits that a Foundation can bring to a school district and who are interested in participating on the Board of Directors. Together we can realize the potential that this Foundation has to make a difference for our students and our district.     The RVEF Board of Directors meets on the first Thursday of the month from 7:00 - 8:30 PM in Rondout Valley Central School's District Office conference room, 122 Kyserike Road, Accord, NY 12404. Contact us at if you would like more information.

For a review of how the RVEF has been working within the school community since it was established click on the Information Update link at left.